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March 16, 2009 Provided by System Dynamics Inc.

Heard on the Net

News about People and Companies Influencing The Broadband Home


People News

Mitchell Askenas has become Director of Business Development at Miranda Technologies, leading their effort to penetrate TV service providers in North and South America. ( www.miranda.com )

Mark L. Dzuban has been selected as president/CEO of Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). Dzuban was previously at Cedar Point Communications. ( www.scte.org )

Gangesh Ganesan has been appointed CEO of Ubicom. He was formerly Ubicom's VP Worldwide Sales and Marketing, with previous experience at Marvell and Cypress Semiconductor. ( www.ubicom.com )

Vinay Gokhale has joined Entropic Communications as senior VP of marketing and business development. Vinay was previously with SiRF Technology. ( www.entropic.com )

Bill Morrow has been appointed CEO of Clearwire. His previous telecom experience includes a strong operational background at Vodafone. Former CEO Ben Wolff will stay on as co-chair of the Clearwire board. ( www.clearwire.com )

Jeff Orr has been appointed Senior Analyst, Mobile Content at ABI Research. Jeff previously had his own consulting and marketing service. ( www.abiresearch.com )

Luc Seraphin has been appointed VP, worldwide sales at Sequans Communications. Seraphin was previously with Nemerix. ( www.sequans.com )


Company News

Investments

BridgeCo, a home networking System-on-a-Chip (SoC) company, has added $6 million to its Series D round from returning backers. ( www.bridgeco.com )

Digitalsmiths, a video indexing and content management company, has received an undisclosed amount from Cisco. The deal adds onto Digitalsmiths' $12M Series B round from several months ago. ( digitalsmiths.com )

Firecomms has closed a $5M funding round that includes an investment from Swisscom, along with an investment by Alps Electric, which committed to a long-term supply contract of Firecomms high-end Fiber Optic Transceivers. [Editor's Note: See Our 2008 video interview with Firecomms ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ41hJ4odRc )] ( www.firecomms.com )

Provigent, a provider of SoC solutions for the Broadband Wireless Transmission market, closed a fifth round of financing of $10 million. ( www.provigent.com )

Tremor Media, an online video advertising network and technology provider, raised a Series C round of $18 million. ( www.tremormedia.com )

Ubicom, a maker of processors for home networking and media devices, has secured $7 million in "Series 5" financing. ( www.ubicom.com )

Wavesat has raised $14.4 million from a group of VC firms to grow the company's 4G chipset efforts. ( www.wavesat.com )

Acquisitions

Harris Stratex Networks has acquired WiMax company Telsima for $12 million in cash. ( www.harrisstratex.com ) ( www.telsima.com )

Harmonic purchased Scopus Video Networks for $51 million. ( www.harmonicinc.com ) ( www.scopus.net )

IPW Holdings, a group of senior managers of IPWireless, has bought a 75% stake in IPWireless from Nextwave for a small fraction of what Nextwave paid for the company over a year ago. ( www.ipwireless.com ) ( www.nextwave.com )

Qualcomm has acquired Digital Fountain, which provides software for optimizing media delivery over networks. Terms of the deal have not been released. ( www.qualcomm.com ) ( www.digitalfountain.com )


Other News

Guangzhou Digital Media Group has launched Zhujiang Digital, a connected TV service powered by the Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV platform. This first commercially available Mediaroom-based IPTV service in China is being delivered over a traditional cable network. ( www.gzcatv.net ) ( www.microsoft.com/mediaroom )

The HomeGrid Forum, a trade group promoting UN ITU-T G.hn standardization efforts, announced new agreements with Consumer Electronics Powerline Communication Alliance (CEPCA), the HomePNA Alliance, and Universal Powerline Association (UPA). These groups are joining with HomeGrid Forum to promote G.hn and ensure co-existence between G.hn-based products and those using other current generation powerline, phoneline, and coax networking technologies. ( www.homegridforum.org )

SES AMERICOM has announced that effective July 31, 2009, "it will cease providing its IPTV service in North America." SES had signed up approximately 70 telco customers for IP-PRIME, its end-to-end IPTV service. ( www.ses-americom.com )


Standards

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance announced that the IEEE P1901 Working Group approved proposals including key HomePlug technology as the baseline for P1901, an IEEE powerline communications standard. The proposals, which were divided into three clusters In-Home, Access and Coexistence, all achieved more than 75 percent affirmative votes. ( www.homeplug.org ) ( grouper.ieee.org/groups/1901 )

The ITU-T has approved ITU-T G.9960 PHY, the physical layer standard for G.Hn which covers home area networking over coax, phone and power lines at speeds of 50-700 Mbits/second. The goal is to create a unified standard for wired home networks. [See our article on G.hn later in this issue.] ( www.itu.int/ITU-T )